Thursday, February 26, 2015

Chapter 46

If you ever play a Lazy Sim, they will never want to workout.  And if you make them anyway (mwahaha!) they get excruciatingly fatigued.  Excruciatingly.  Lol!

Nina is my Laziest of Lazy Sims!  It's really hard to manage her weight.  She's a yoyo, up and down, up and down.  (See for yourself on Nina's Sims page).  Don't get me wrong; I love varied Sims.  Fat.  Skinny.  Curvy.  Big booty :D  But for Nina, I felt like she had to prove something to herself.  Laziness won't hold her back!

So she ate right (easiest strategy for her)...

She worked out on the treadmill (very little at a time)...

And she went jogging around the neighborhood... which usually just turned into an excuse to socialize (lol).

But, hey, it was for a good reason!  Her son Zachary, of course!  She invites passerby Sims off the street to her home so that Zachary can hopefully make new friends... like Maria Lothario and Jack Morse (he's recently a teen!).

You see, Nina's redheaded son doesn't exactly have a friend-making personality.  He's Mean!!  Just the other day, he beat up Jonathon Morse in the park. 

Jonathon was just standing there all cute...

... then whack!

Alissa L'Amour is one of the oldest Sims watching, but she doesn't break it up!  The boys rough and tumble...

...until Zachary claims victory.

And tops it off with Your mama's a llama!

It's a vicious cycle for Zachary.  He's happy and confident after a fight, so that pretty much means he wants to do it again.

Now you see why Zachary finds it difficult to make friends.

"Don't beat me up!" Alexander cries.

Nina's strategy (inviting over Sims to socialize with Zachary) appears to be working...  Sort of.

"You're too big for me to fight with.  Let's be friends, Jack!" 

"I know!  I'll just beat you up when I'm older."  Yep, Zachary the problem-solver.

"I can't beat up girls!  Let's be friends, Maria!"

Maria and Zachary became good friends after that proclamation.  They like playing on the monkey bars together.

"You're really nice when you're not being mean," Maria announced.

Delighted that her little Zachary was finally making friends, Nina invited a few more girls to come over!  Like townie Valerie Redmond and Deanna Fry.

Deanna remarked, "Wow, your house looks bigger on the inside!"

Deanna heard the rumors about Zachary being the mean kid in town and beating Jonathon up, but after playtime on the monkey bars, they were fast friends.

"If you're ever mean to me, I'm going to beat you up!" Deanna declared.  She was only half-kidding.

It worked so well, even Nina's husband Steve was bringing home playmates for Zachary.  Lol!

Yep, including boys like Alexander Goth and and Jonathon's little brother Joseph.  And Maria Lothario introduced Zachary to her friend, Dualla Fry (Deanna's twin), but she seemed a little upset and didn't want a hug.

So Zachary gave his grandmother Katrina a hug instead.  (Don Lothario watched, lol).  This was a really big victory for Zachary because he wasn't even nice to his own grandmother in the past.

Now Zachary gets happy from playing with friends instead of beating them up.  (He's still mean, just a friendlier mean, lol).  Things are definitely more peaceful around the house.

And Steve is very proud of Zachary!

Nina's proud, too... of Zachary, and herself.  She's losing that stubborn weight!

And putting all her renewed energy into her job, writing news articles like crazy.  She even got promoted to Advice Columnist.  

"Hmm..." Nina thought out loud.  "Advice on how to lose weight and make your mean son extremely popular."

Steve earned a promotion, too!  He's Command Center Lead, and even trying to lose some weight of his own.

His job now requires some physical fitness, but I kinda like him plump, lol.  It's extra padding for his 'extreme sport' addiction (i.e. crash landing rockets).

Yep, he did it again.

Another crash landing!  He did it two more times!  Two!  Once again at night...

...and another during the day.

How many crash landings can one Sim take?  

I've never had a Sim die yet, but Steve is seriously tempting the Grim Reaper, lol.  And every time Steve emerges unscathed, I feel like I have to throw a party.  The "Yay, Steve's still alive" kind of party.

So Nina invites over the neighborhood.  You know, Scarlet Firecracker in her crazy pants...

...and her mom Katrina Caliente (she's doing a groovy dance), the legendary bartender Shaowen Acevedo, her sister Dina with the salmon-colored dress, never-smiles Ronan (one of Nina's loser bachelors), and even the infamous Jessa Butler, the ghost that wasn't really a ghost.

Nina tried to cheer her up, saying, "Jessa, I'm sorry for the bad publicity.  Everyone likes you, I promise.  Even if you do turn a blind eye to Sims in need."

"Who's Steve again?" Jessa asked.  Lol.

And I just love Malcolm's expression in the back there.  Eyes shooting death rays!

"I was just looking for the bathroom," Jessa confided to Scarlet.

Side note: Katrina is always smiling now.  I think she is the happiest grandmother in existence.  She has three beautiful grandchildren and two beautiful twin daughters.

She's smiling a lot more than poor Don Lothario.

As complicated couples go, Don and Scarlet are pretty complicated, crazy pants notwithstanding. 

And when it's not parties up to wazoo, Dina is nurturing her relationship with her twin sister.  Their relationship seems more and more precious the older they get...

They confide in each other.

"I've been thinking about having another baby," Nina said.  "But I don't know if Steve and I can handle it with our careers and everything."

"Have you tried talking to Steve about it?" Dina asked.

"I try to, but he gets distracted easily.  He keeps saying there's a Freezer Bunny in our freezer."

"He says it comes alive at night and tries to force feed cupcakes to-"

Dina interrupted, "Wait, this isn't another one of Steve's stories, is it?  Nina, your husband needs help!  It's an addiction!"

"Will you talk to him for me?" Nina asked, worried.

"Of course," Dina promised.  Later that night, she found Steve upstairs talking to himself.  She didn't know whether to laugh or cry.  "Steve, Steve, who are you talking to!?"

"The Freezer Bunny!  He keeps saying eat me, eat me, and I keep saying, Nooooooo, I have to lose weight.  I have to lose weight or my beautiful wife won't love me anymore."

"What do you mean?" Dina asked.

Steve cried, "My Nina....  She keeps getting more and more beautiful.  I feel so lucky every day that I won her Bachelorette Challenge.  I'm so undeserving.  Look at me.  I'm like a fat hotdog next to her."

Dina took his hand. "My sister loves you, Steve.  And I know that 100 percent because right now, she really wants to have another baby with you."

Steve's mouth dropped. "Really?"

"Yes," Dina said, rolling her eyes.  "And you better go on up there, right now, because if I know my sister, she's probably boiling mad that you're making her wait.  She's hot-headed, you know."

Steve ran upstairs.  Nina was angry, lol.  She gave Steve a frenzied kiss.

(Yep, Nina's wearing crazy pants, now, too, lol).

Baby#2 incoming!

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Chapter 45

"I have a surprise for you, honey," Steve Fogel said.  "And it starts with an R."

"What is it?!" Nina gasped.

"My rocket," he said, wiggling his eyebrows.  "All for you."

"You finally finished it!" Nina exclaimed in amazement.  He'd been hammering away at it for days and days.  Now they could finally go up into space together. 

Ever since Malcolm and Cassandra reached for the stars, it's become quite the fashion for couples to woohoo in space, the ultimate get-a-way.

"It's perfectly safe.  I think," Steve added.

"You think?" Nina repeated, nervously eyeing his rocket.

"Come on, honey. It'll be fun!" Steve said, reaching for her.

"Take my hand."

"O-okay..." Nina stammered, entering the rocket.

It was awfully strange inside, and surprisingly roomy.  Plenty of room for...  She giggled to herself, completing that thought.

Up, up, and away they went.

Nina could barely stand when they finally came home.  Instead of seeing stars, she saw hearts.  Lots and lots of hearts.

They stumbled out of the rocket on wobbly legs, all ups-a-daisy, drunk with love.

Nina could barely catch her breath.

While Steve did a spinning jump back into his regular clothes, Nina continued walking around in her astronaut suit (I've never seen that before).  

Steve then went up for a solo space mission and Nina watched the launch from her computer. (I love the black Freezer Bunny on her suit.  So freakin' cute!)

Steve returned in a dust cloud of victory!

And gave his waiting wife a kiss to remember.

She was up next.  Nina wanted to research rocket science for her next article.

So began a series of space adventures in the Fogel family over a span of several days as I tried to get some alien collectibles, like space rocks and weird things in jars.

Nina bragged about all their space adventures with Malcolm Landgraab, the first Sim to rocket into space in my game.

Space was quite simply the family business now.  Steve joined the Astronaut career and was quickly promoted from intern to module cleaner.

And Nina wrote about space in her career; she's a freelance article writer now.  My Sims - with jobs!!!  So proud, lol.

Even little Zachary wanted to go up into space.  "When you're older, son," Steve promised.

But all this space-happy adventuring has a dark side.  One gloomy night, Steve's rocket fell from the skies with an earth-shattering roar.

In horror, I zoomed in on the wreckage, searching for life.

As he crawled out of the wreckage on his belly, stunned by pain and disbelief, he wished only to see his wife and son again.

Somehow he struggled to his feet, feeling dazed and quite seriously amazed to be alive.

He was not a happy Sim after that! 

He almost became the first Sim in my neighborhood to die!  It became the morbid topic of discussion when Nina invited over some family and friends the next day.

Nina's twin sister, Dina, came over with her husband Efrain, and the twins' mother Katrina.  Scarlet and her husband Don also joined the little get-together.

"I can't believe Steve crashed his rocket," Katrina said.

Katrina added, "You know I always thought I'd be the first Sim to die in our neighborhood.  I'm the first one to age up to Elder after all."

"Oh, Mom, don't be silly," Nina said.  "Aging is off right now.  You have nothing to worry about."

"Unless a cow plant eats you!" Zachary said with spiteful glee.  He's got quite a mean streak and a pension for mischief.

Nina didn't know how such a beautiful, innocent-looking boy could be so evil-hearted.  Ah, well, she had a few years yet to straighten him out.

Nina ordered her son to clean up everyone's dishes after dinner.  As Zachary grumbled, Dina gave her sister a big hug.  "I'm glad Steve's okay," she said.  "I can't imagine what you're feeling.  I know I'd be a wreck if something happened to Efrain."

"He's okay physically," Nina confided. "But mentally?"  She shook her head, worried.  "He won't even talk about it."

"Tonight I have a story to tell.  A true story," Steve suddenly announced.  He drew everyone around the fire out back.  Dina and Nina exchanged a glance.  They were twins and instantly knew what the other was thinking.  Trouble.

"A true story?" Dina asked.

"About the night I crashed my rocket and saw a ghost," Steve replied.

The Sims gasped in fright and stood up like scarecrows, too afraid to sit back down.

A ghost? Nina thought in disbelief.  Maybe when her husband crashed his rocket, he hit his head really hard and was seeing things.

"It was a dark and stormy night," Steve began.

"It's never stormy," Efrain butted in with a little grin.  (Can't wait for a Seasons expansion! Lol).

"Ahem," Steve cleared his throat.  "It was a dark night.  A very dark night," he began again.

"Every imaginable warning was blaring away in my rocket, a cacophony of terror.  Beep! Beep! Beep!  I was utterly helpless!" Steve cried.  "And I had a terrible headache!"

"Then suddenly there was stillness!  Total and complete!  I thought I was dead!"

Scarlet gasped in fright.

"Smoke and fire filled my mouth.  I must be alive, I told myself.  I'm in too much pain to be dead!"

"I crawled on my belly towards the sweetness of air and life.  And that's when I saw it!" Steve shouted.

"Saw it?!Zachary gasped, dreading the answer.

"I saw a ghost!  In the fire and the smoke and the dust, I saw a ghost emerge!"

"What did it look like?" Scarlet squeaked.

Steve thought back to that very moment...

"She had great legs," Steve said, then erupted in laughter.  Everyone just stood there, stunned.

"Wait, so it wasn't a ghost?" Dina demanded.

Steve, crying with laughter, managed to shake his head.  "Only a townie.  A new one straight from CAS.  I crashlanded and she walked right by me, totally unconcerned for my life!"

"Great legs, huh," Nina said with a scowl, crossing her arms.

Steve pleaded, "Honey, I was just kidding."

"You almost dying is not a joke!" Nina cried.  Her twin Dina stormed off in disgust.

"Look, she really did just walk by me, not helping or anything.  I was flat on my face!" Steve said. 

"I thought it'd make for a good story around the fire," Steve shrugged.  "I'm sorry if I made things worse.  I'm okay, Nina.  We're okay.  I promise."

The guests quietly left them around the fire.  They didn't know whether to be happy or sad.

But it sure was a good scare.

"I wonder who she is," Efrain said with a little smile.

"Efrain, you're a married man!" Katrina admonished.

"Great legs or not," Scarlet said, "She isn't exactly helpful in life or death situations."

And so the night ended with wonder and dreams and troubled yet grateful hearts, with Sims just thankful to be alive... and one newly infamous townie: Jessa Butler.

(You can find her on the Gallery under my husband's EA Origin ID jaysmonte85).

Thanks for reading!

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